RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 18, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. We’re sending our love to everyone that has loved ones affected by the recent school tragedy in Florida. Now, let’s take on this week’s chart action from the pop airwaves:

YOUR PRESIDENT OF POP: Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” leads the nation once again headed into President’s Day, scoring a fourth week at the top of the chart. This is Warner Bros.’s first song at the format to reach that many weeks on top in over eight years: from November 2009 until January 2010, the record label had two consecutive #1 hits at that mark with Jason Derulo‘s “Whatcha Say” and Iyaz‘s “Replay”. Lipa’s “IDGAF”, which impacts at the format next Tuesday, is already starting to witness some significant early action at the format and should chart relatively quickly. Newcomer NF‘s “Let You Down”, which bolts from 7-4 this week, should be the next #1 on the Top 40 survey; if it continues its massive surge, it should easily pass Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” (holding at #3) and reach the top as early as the end of the week. (However, I would always welcome a fifth week at #1 for “Rules” here!)

“WHATEVER” FLOATS YOUR BOAT: With the holiday weekend in my mind, just a handful of records stand out as we head to the lower rungs of the chart. Leaping from 41-33, “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons is the week’s lone top 40 entry, giving the Las Vegas band their eighth top 40 hit at the format. It’s the third release from their album EVOLVE, and it’s still making moves on the Alternative (#6) and Triple A (#10) charts. Even if you’re not a chart fanatic, you’re likely familiar with this track from its use in a Jeep Renegade advertisement that debuted earlier this year. (After all, Imagine Dragons are the kings of syncs.) Meanwhile, it’s a big top 50 debut for the first collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, who lead the pack at #42 with “Friends”. It may even be in the top 40 as early as tomorrow, given how well it’s gained since its official impact on Tuesday. Marshmello is riding high on the Top 40 chart with this week’s #5 song, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez, so it won’t be a surprise to see this tune bloom well into the spring. (Don’t forget to water it daily for the best results.)

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